Mr. Andrew Fletcher

Born and raised in Milton Keynes, Andrew completed his undergraduate Masters in Biochemistry at The University of Birmingham. As part of his degree he completed a year placement at GSK, before returning for his final year where he explored the mechanisms of acid resistance in E. coli. His fundamental interest is the regulation of antibiotic resistance, which brought him back to Birmingham and to the Grainger lab to complete his PhD. Andrew is funded by BBSRC as part of the MIBTP.


      Miss Aishwarya Chandrasekaran

      Aishwarya completed her Bachelor’s degree in Genetic Engineering at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India, where she worked on otosclerosis, a human genetic disorder. She developed an interest in bacterial pathogenicity during her undergraduate degree and moved to the UK and joined the Grainger Lab in 2022. Aishwarya currently studies VpsR, which regulates biofilm formation in Vibrio Cholerae.

          Mr. Charles Cooper

          Charles, originally from London, spent most of his childhood in Portugal. He completed his integrated masters in biochemistry at the University of Oxford. He is interested in the regulation of antibiotic resistance and is studying these mechanisms in Acinetobacter baumanii. Charles is funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre in Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance.

              Mrs Ksenia Klimova

              Ksenia grew up in Tomsk (Russia), where she did her undergraduate degree in Biosciences. After graduation she moved to London and worked for Latis Scientific, Alpha Scientific and Procter&Gamble as a microbiologist. Ksenia joined the Grainger Lab as a PhD student in 2020 to work on activation of antibiotic resistance mechanisms in bacteria. She is funded by The Darwin Trust of Edinburgh.

                  Miss Alexandra Trigg

                  Alexandra is originally from Newcastle and completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Sheffield. She went on to study her MSc Microbiology and Infection at The University of Birmingham. She is most interested in the mechanisms that cause antimicrobial resistance. Alexandra is funded by the BBSRC as part of the MIBTP.

                      Dr. David Forrest

                      David grew up in Sheffield, and much to his parents dismay stayed there to study for his undergraduate Masters degree at The University of Sheffield. He then moved to the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology at Newcastle University for his PhD and first research associate job investigating a novel RNA polymerase in B.subtilis. Now in the Grainger lab, he’ll be looking into AT rich DNA and its role in bidirectional transcription initiation.

                        Dr. Emily Warman

                        Emily is from Devon and moved to Birmingham in 2012 to study at the University of Birmingham. After graduating with an MSci in Human Biology she returned to the university as a PhD student and Research Technician with the Grainger lab. Upon completing her PhD Emily obtained a post-doctoral position in the lab. She is exploring pervasive transcription and its regulation in E. coli.

                            Mr. Alistair Middlemiss

                            Alistair grew up in East Sussex and completed his MSci degree in Microbiology at the University of East Anglia.  He is interested in bacterial pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance.  He is currently working on MarR, the repressor of the multiple antibiotic resistance operon.  Alistair is funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre in Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance.

                              Professor David Grainger

                              Dave trained as a biochemist and is interested in different aspects of bacterial chromosome biology, particularly gene regulation. He relocated his laboratory to the University of Birmingham in March 2011 having previously established a research group at the University of Warwick. He is a life-long supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. He believes this has made it easier to cope with the frequent disappointments that befall a research scientist.

                                Dr. James Haycocks

                                Originally from London, James did his undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Virology at the University of Warwick, before completing his PhD in the Grainger lab. James currently studies the regulation of pathogenicity in Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) and Vibrio cholerae. James is funded by the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP).